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Reissued Practice Note SC CL 4 - Defamation List

The Chief Justice has reissued Practice Note SC CL 4 – Defamation List, with a commencement date of 1 July 2021.

Reforms to the Defamation Act 2005 are commencing on 1 July 2021.  This has resulted in the need to make two minor amendments to the defamation list practice note.  

The changes require a motion and supporting affidavit to be filed: 

  • With a statement of claim where leave is required to commence proceedings where a concerns notice has not been served (s. 10A of the Defamation Act); and
  • Where a party seeks determination of the serious harm element before trial (s. 12B of the Defamation Act).

You can download printable versions of the Practice Note from the links below:

The content is also available on the following webpage: